Anne of Cleves
Fourth wife of Henry VIII of England (c. 1515–1557) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Anne of Cleves (German: Anna von Kleve; 1515 – 16 July 1557) was Queen of England from 6 January to 12 July 1540 as the fourth wife of King Henry VIII. Not much is known about Anne before 1527, when she became betrothed to Francis, Duke of Bar, son and heir of Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, although their marriage did not proceed. In March 1539, negotiations for Anne's marriage to Henry began, as Henry believed that he needed to form a political alliance with her brother, William, who was a leader of the Protestants of Western Germany, to strengthen his position against potential attacks from Catholic France and the Holy Roman Empire.
|Anne of Cleves|
|Queen consort of England|
|Tenure||6 January 1540 – 12 July 1540|
|Born||28 June or 22 September 1515|
Düsseldorf, Duchy of Berg, Holy Roman Empire
|Died||16 July 1557 (aged 41 or 42)|
Chelsea Manor, England
|Burial||3 August 1557|
(m. 1540; annulled 1540)
|Father||John III, Duke of Cleves|
|Mother||Maria of Jülich-Berg|
Anne arrived in England on 27 December 1539 and married Henry on 6 January 1540, but after six months, the marriage was declared unconsummated and, as a result, she was not crowned queen consort. Following the annulment, Henry gave her a generous settlement, and she was thereafter known as the King's Beloved Sister. Remaining in England, she lived to see the reign of Edward VI, and the coronation of Mary I, outliving the rest of Henry's wives.